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Isaiah 33

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XXXIII
1Wo unto thee that spoilest, and thou hast not been spoiled;
And that plunderest, and they have not plundered thee:
When thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled;
And when thou shalt make an end to plunder, they shall plunder thee.
2O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee:
Be thou their arm every morning,
Our salvation also in the time of distress.
3At the noise of the tumult the people fled;
When thou didst raise thyself up, the nations were scattered.
4But your spoil shall be gathered, as the caterpillar gathereth;
As the locusts run to and fro, so shall men run upon it.
5 Jehovah is exalted, for he dwelleth on high:
He hath filled Zion with judgment and justice.
6And there shall be stability of thy times,
For wisdom and knowledge shall be the riches of salvation;
The fear of Jehovah, this shall be his treasure.
7Behold their valiant men! they raise a cry without; The messengers of peace! they weep bitterly.
8The highways are desolate,
The wayfaring man ceaseth:
He hath broken the covenant; he hath despised the cities;
He regardeth not man.
9The land mourneth, it languished!;
Lebanon is put to shame, it withereth:
Sharon is become like a desert,
And Bashan and Carmel shake off their foliage.
10Now will I arise, saith Jehovah;
Now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble;
Your anger, it is a fire that shall consume you.
12And the people shall be as stones burnt into lime,
As thorns that are cut off are consumed in the fire.
13Hear, ye that are afar off, my doings;
And ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
14The sinners in Zion are struck with dread,
Trembling hath seized the wicked:
Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire?
Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?
15He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly;
He that despiseth the gain of oppression,
That shaketh his hands from holding of bribes,
That stoppeth his ears from hearing of bloodshed,
And shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16He shall dwell on high:
The strong holds of the rocks shall be his fortress,
His bread shall be given him; his waters shall not fail.
17Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty:
They shall see the land far extended.
18Thine heart shall reflect on the terror:
Where is now the notary? where is the weigher of tribute?
Where is he that noted down the towers?
19That fierce people shalt thou see no more;
A people of a deep speech, which thou couldst not understand;
Of a barbarous language, which thou couldst not comprehend.
20Look upon Zion, the city of our solemn feasts:
Thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation,
A tabernacle that shall not be removed;
Not one of the stakes thereof shall be plucked up for ever,
Neither shall any of the cords thereof be snapped asunder.
21But there shall the Mighty One, Jehovah, be unto us
Instead of rivers, and branching streams;
There shall not go therein a ship with oars,
Neither shall a mighty vessel pass over it.
22For Jehovah is our judge; Jehovah is our lawgiver;
Jehovah is our king: he shall save us.
23Thy ropes are loosed, O thou enemy!
So that they cannot strengthen the basis of their mast;
They have not spread the sail.
Then shall be divided the prey of a great spoil;
The lame shall seize the prey.
24Neither shall the inhabitant say, I am sick:
The people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

Isaiah 33

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A Prayer for Help
1Our enemies are doomed! They have robbed and betrayed, although no one has robbed them or betrayed them. But their time to rob and betray will end, and they themselves will become victims of robbery and treachery.
2 LORD, have mercy on us. We have put our hope in you. Protect us day by day and save us in times of trouble. 3When you fight for us, nations run away from the noise of battle. 4Their belongings are pounced upon and taken as loot.
5How great the LORD is! He rules over everything. He will fill Jerusalem with justice and integrity 6and give stability to the nation. He always protects his people and gives them wisdom and knowledge. Their greatest treasure is their reverence for the LORD.
7The brave are calling for help. The ambassadors who tried to bring about peace are crying bitterly. 8The highways are so dangerous that no one travels on them. Treaties are broken and agreements are violated. No one is respected any more. 9The land lies idle and deserted. The forests of Lebanon have withered, the fertile valley of Sharon is like a desert, and in Bashan and on Mount Carmel the leaves are falling from the trees.
The LORD Warns his Enemies
10The LORD says to the nations, “Now I will act. I will show how powerful I am. 11You make worthless plans and everything you do is useless. My spirit is like a fire that will destroy you.#33.11 One ancient translation My spirit… you; Hebrew You are destroying yourselves. 12You will crumble like rocks burnt to make lime, like thorns burnt to ashes. 13Let everyone near and far hear what I have done and acknowledge my power.”
14The sinful people of Zion are trembling with fright. They say, “God's judgement is like a fire that burns for ever. Can any of us survive a fire like that?” 15You can survive if you say and do what is right. Don't use your power to cheat the poor and don't accept bribes. Don't join with those who plan to commit murder or to do other evil things. 16Then you will be safe; you will be as secure as if you were in a strong fortress. You will have food to eat and water to drink.
The Glorious Future
17Once again you will see a king ruling in splendour over a land that stretches in all directions. 18Your old fears of foreign tax collectors and spies will be only a memory. 19You will no longer see any arrogant foreigners who speak a language that you can't understand. 20Look at Zion, the city where we celebrate our religious festivals. Look at Jerusalem! What a safe place it will be to live in! It will be like a tent that is never moved, whose pegs are never pulled up and whose ropes never break. 21The LORD will show us his glory. We will live beside broad rivers and streams, but hostile ships will not sail on them.#33.21 Verse 21 in Hebrew is unclear. 22-23All the rigging on those ships is useless; the sails cannot be spread! We will seize all the wealth of enemy armies, and there will be so much that even the lame can have a share. The LORD himself will be our king; he will rule over us and protect us. 24No one who lives in our land will ever again complain of being ill, and all sins will be forgiven.